How you look, speak, and eat depend on your oral health, but did you know that systemic health also relies on the condition of your teeth and gums? Dr. Richard Gochman and Dr. Teju Bharati, dentists in Queens, believe preventive dentistry keeps all of you healthy and vibrant. Learn more about this link between your mouth and your body from the professionals at New York Smile Creators.
Your Mouth Affects All of You
The American Dental Association (ADA) says a link exists between advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, and your overall health. Periodontitis is an infection of the gums caused by plaque and tartar build-up at and below the gumline. Plaque and tartar come from the foods we eat, particularly carbohydrates.
Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Red, puffy, bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath, or halitosis
- Receding gum tissue and deep periodontal pockets
- Loss of bone in the jaw
- A “long tooth” appearance
- Tooth mobility
- Widening gaps between teeth
- Tooth loss
Dr. Gochman and Dr. Bharati believe that inflammation associated with gum disease spreads throughout the body and plays a role in serious conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Type-2 Diabetes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Complications of pregnancy, including low birth weight infants
What Patients Can Do
The American Dental Association states that preventive dental care protects patients from poor oral health and related systemic problems. So, the ADA recommends brushing your teeth for a full two minutes two times a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft brush. It also advises flossing in between teeth at least once a day.
Why are regular at-home hygiene habits so vital? These practices prevent the accumulation of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar in the interdental spaces and at the gum line. The oral bacteria cause cavities and gum disease. So, as the old adage states, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Additionally, the ADA feels that individuals of all ages should receive professional cleanings and examinations semi-annually with their dentists. Again, preventive dental services keep smiles–and overall health–strong and bright.
Along with good oral hygiene, everyone should eat a well-balanced diet, low on carbs and processed sugars, and high on fibrous fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, and low-fat proteins. Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily to hydrate oral tissues, rinse teeth, and increase saliva and its antibacterial enzymes.
Preventive Dentistry is the Key
At New York Smile Creators, Dr. Richard Gochman and Dr. Teju Bharati and their team of outstanding professionals deliver just what you need to support good oral health. Digital X-rays, cleanings, exams, sealants, fluoride treatments, oral cancer assessments, bite checks, athletic mouthguards, and more produce long-lasting, bright smiles for the entire family. Schedule your checkup today. Contact New York Smile Creators for a convenient appointment time.